Custom Made Theatre to Present Churchill's TOP GIRLS, 3/20-4/13
Custom Made Theatre has assembled a cast of dangerously funny women to romp through Caryl Churchill's biting social satire, Top Girls, directed by Laura Lundy-Paine. The girls run amok at the Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough Street in San Francisco, March 20 through April 13, 2014.
Marlene has just been made president of Top Girls Employment Agency in London, beating out her more established male colleague and taking the agency by storm. She has achieved her dream to become successful and the top executive, but what now?
A sumptuous dinner, of course, with wine, gourmet food, and five of the most famous and scandalously adventurous women in history: Adventurer Isabella Bird, Courtesan Lady Nijo, Dull Gret from Brueghel's masterpiece, Pope Joan, and Patient Griselda from The Canterbury Tales. Shocking and hilarious, these six women take the restaurant by storm with stories of battles and high jinks, masquerading as men, passionate love-making, and beating their oppressors bloody.
Churchill's gift for rapid-fire exchanges, overlapping dialogue and fearless thrust of her subject matter are as breath-taking now as when the play premiered in the 80's, as a scathing attack on the individualist nature of Margaret Thatcher's England. As little has changed, Top Girls remains an essential, and ageless, look at changing gender roles and the price of success.
Cast of Custom Made's Top Girls: Monica Cappuccini, Cary Cronholm Rose, Cat Luedtke, Megan Putnam, Katie Robbins, Carina Lastimosa Salazar and Mimu Tsujimura
Production Crew: Director - Laura Lundy-Paine, Stage Manager - Jane Troja, Scenic Design - Kevin Dunning, Costume Design - Scarlett Kellum, Lighting Design - Colin Johnson, Scenic Artist - Nicola MacCarthy, Liz Ryder - Sound Design/Score
British playwright Churchill is known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, dramatization of the abuses of power, and exploration of sexual politics. Her early work developed Bertolt Brecht's modernist dramatic and theatrical techniques of "Epic theatre" to explore issues of gender and sexuality. Her Cloud 9 won an Obie as the best New York play of 1981. She was awarded a second "best play" Obie for Top Girls the following year.